Mar 1, 2018

Venezuela presidential election postponed to May

The snap presidential election in Venezuela scheduled for 22 April has been pushed back by a month, the National Electoral Council has announced. The head of the electoral council, Tibisay Lucena, also announced that the government had agreed on "Electoral guarantees" for the forthcoming elections with a number of opposition parties. Traditionally, presidential elections are held in Venezuela in December. The US has said it would consider imposing further sanctions against the government if it went ahead with the presidential vote under what it called fraudulent conditions. The main opposition Democratic Unity coalition announced it would boycott the 22 April election and refused to put up any candidates to oppose President Maduro.

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